News from the Mighty6

newspaperTOP STORIES as of  NOVEMBER 22, 2017:

District 6 Fall Town Halls Held, Service Upgrades Unveiled

Honoring District 6 Veterans in Fulton County

Hapeville Library Renovation Contract Approved and other BOC Action from Nov. 1 Meeting

Board of Commissioners Action Items Report – Recess Meeting Nov. 15, 2017 (Partial List)

Senior Transportation Options Approved
Request Approval of recommendations on Mobility Options for Senior Transport (APPROVED)  
Motion by Darnell and seconded by Ellis to approve.
Yeas: 4 - Darnell, Ellis, Hausmann, Morris
Voting NO: Arrington.

$20 million Jail Mental and Physical Health Services Approved
Request approval of recommended proposals for Inmate Medical Services not to exceed $20,730,349.08 with NaphCare, Inc. (Birmingham, AL).
(APPROVED)
Motion by Morris and seconded by Ellis to approve.
Yeas: 4 - Darnell, Ellis, Hausmann, Morris
Not Voting: Arrington

CLICK TO To read / download Post Agenda (Unofficial Minutes)

Public Works Releases Weekly Activity Report: Right-of-Way
David E. Clark, Director of Public Works, released the weekly report summarizing the litter pick-up and illegal dumping activity in South Fulton. Additionally, the summary includes the roadways Public Works staff swept the week of Nov. 13, 2017.

CLICK TO To read / download complete list

 

District 6 Fall Town Halls Held, Service Upgrades Unveiled

Partial List
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH:
Opioid Drug Abuse Tip Line: IN PROGRESS

PUBLIC WORKS:
Old National Hwy. Sidewalks: IN PROGRESS
New Hope Rd. Resurfacing: COMPLETED
Fulton Industrial Blvd. Streetscape: IN PROGRESS

FIRE RESCUE:
New engine delivered: COMPLETED

ARTS & CULTURE:
Youth Arts Education/Training: COMPLETED
Arts & Economic Prosperity Study: COMPLETED

CLICK  HERE TO READ/DOWNLOAD COMPLETE LIST OF UPGRADES.

ABOVE: Commissioner Emma I. Darnell shares the Service Delivery Upgrades with residents during the second 2017 Fall Town Hall Meeting at the Southwest Arts Center, Nov. 2, 2017.

Honoring District 6 Veterans in Fulton County

ABOVE: Commissioner Emma I. Darnell shares with Veterans during the New Beginnings Senior Center's Annual Veterans' Day Program in Fairburn, Ga., Nov. 2, 2017. Army Vets William Jackson (left) and Arthur "Mr. T" Tarpkin (right) were surprised with quilts made in their honor by Marlene Jones (center) after Commissioner Darnell delivered the Tribute to Veterans Address.

Board of Commissioners Action Items Report – Regular Meeting Nov. 1, 2017 (Partial List)

Hapeville Library Renovation Contract Approved
Request Approval of a recommended proposal, for Design/Build Services for Library CIP, in the amount of $3,157,365, with Albion Scaccia Enterprises, LLC (Sandy Springs, GA), to provide Design/Build Services for the Hapeville Library.
(APPROVED AS AMENDED)
Motion by Morris and seconded by Ellis to approve as amended.
Yeas: 5 - Hausmann, Ellis, Morris, Arrington, Darnell

Georgia (Roads/Streets) Upgrades Contract (COSF) Approved
Request approval to accept a Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) in the amount of $1,156,780.59 and approval to submit a listing of projects that are eligible to receive funding contingent on the City of South Fulton providing the required 30% match in the amount of $347,034.18.
(APPROVED)
Motion by Arrington and seconded by Darnell to approve.
Yeas: 5 - Hausmann, Ellis, Morris, Arrington, Darnell

Cascade-Palmetto/West Stubbs Road Traffic Light Contract Approved
Request approval for the installation of a fully actuated traffic signal at the intersection of Cascade Palmetto Highway at West Stubbs Road.
(APPROVED)
Motion by Darnell and seconded by Arrington to approve.
Yeas: 5 - Hausmann, Ellis, Morris, Arrington, Darnell

“Stanley Fletcher Remembrance Day in
Fulton County” set by Board of Commissioners

“ ‘(His) name will be engraved not so much on stone as in the hearts (of the Fulton County Family)’” --Commissioner Emma I. Darnell

At its Recess Meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 13, the Board of Commissioners honored former Fulton County Code Inspector Stanley Fletcher Sr. who passed away suddenly, Sept. 4. The Proclamation states: “…Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 (has been established) “Stanley Fletcher Sr. Remembrance Day” in Fulton County Georgia.

Fletcher was employed with Fulton County for 22 years in various departments. His last post was in the Police Department as a Code Enforcement Inspector, Code Enforcement Division.

During the presentation ceremony held at Assembly Hall, members of the Board of Commissioners, coworkers and friends paid tribute to Fletcher. He was remembered for his selfless service to the citizens of Fulton County.

“He always had a warm smile, never met a stranger, was always willing to help and he was determined to be an agent of change," said Wayne Wright, Code Enforcement Manager.

“His intelligence, integrity and total commitment to public service will be hard to replace,” said Commissioner Emma I. Darnell.

Family and friends of Stanley Fletcher Sr. receive a proclamation from the BOC, Sept. 13, 2017.

CLICK TO WATCH TRIBUTE TO STANLEY FLETCHER.

CLICK TO READ/DOWNLOAD PROCLAMATION.

BOC renews contract providing night-time air traffic control at Fulton County Airport (Brown Field)

At its Recess Meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, the Board of Commissioners approved the renewal of Air Traffic Control Services – Night Coverage for Fulton County Airport – Charlie Brown Field in the amount of $213,989.47 with Robinson Aviation, Inc.

The air traffic control tower located at the Fulton County Airport- Charlie Brown Field is manned by air traffic controllers 24 hours a day to serve general aviation aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funds 16 hours of daytime air traffic control services and the County is responsible for the additional costs associated with providing the remaining 8-hours of night service coverage.

“I am pleased that the efforts of the Adamsville and Carroll Heights communities to operate the air-traffic-control tower after 6 p.m. at Brown Field were met,” said Commissioner Emma I. Darnell. “With this renewal, it is clear that the days of ‘night-flights’ at Brown Field without air-traffic-control are over.”

BOC approves solid waste disposal for City of South Fulton, keeps Merk Miles transfer station open

On a motion by District 6 Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, the BOC approved a contract for $310,000 to provide solid waste disposal and landfill services in support of the City of South Fulton.

The contract with Waste Management, Inc. (Lake City, Ga.) and Advance Disposal Services of Atlanta, LLC (Ball Ground, Ga.) also provides for the continued operation of the Merk Miles Transfer Station which is a site of the Public Works Department biennially “Bulk-Trash Days.”

The primary services will include additional capacity to provide the daily transportation of waste materials generated at the Merk Miles transfer station, park and recreation facilities, and the Stonewall Tell maintenance facility.

“It is important that activities which directly impact the health and safety of people in cities and outside cities receive the highest priority,” Commissioner Emma I. Darnell stated. “It is clear that TOGETHER, WE CAN GET IT DONE!”.

FY2017 Millage Rates Adopted

The Board of Commissioners has adopted, by unanimous vote, the “FY2017” (Roll-back) Millage Rates with reductions from prior years in all funds.

 VIEW / DOWNLOAD FY2017 PROPOSED MILLAGE RATES WITH COMPARISON TO PRIOR YEARS.

“Our action today will allay the fears of many taxpayers including persons on fixed incomes,” said Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, District 6.

“It is expected that any adjustment required in the FY2018 (operational) Budgets will not negatively impact County services to Fulton’s cities and to the (Fulton Industrial Boulevard) unincorporated areas.”

“We cannot achieve our financial goals on the backs of our most vulnerable populations,” Darnell stated.

BOC honors Senior Services and Arts & Culture Collaboration


Declaring Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, “Senior Services and Arts & Culture Collaboration Day” throughout Fulton County, the Board of Commissioners has honored the Senior Services and Arts & Culture departments.

Working together and separately, “both agencies manage and operate facilities where meaningful art-centered activities provide positive cognitive experiences, enhance communication, and reduce isolation.”

The departments have created a visual arts exhibit entitled “Living Out Loud” featured at the Peachtree Gallery between August 21 and December 29, 2017.

“In a culture too often focused on ‘competition,’ it is important that we recognize how much can be achieved through collaboration, coordination and mutual respect,” stated Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, District 6.

 VIEW / DOWNLOAD THE PROCLAMATION

Schedule of Service Delivery Projects for the period July 1 to Oct. 1, 2017, District 6

A listing of Service Delivery Projects, District 6, for the period July 1 - October 1, 2017, has been released by Todd Long, Chief Operating Officer.

Services include delivery to cities and to Fulton Industrial Boulevard.

CLICK TO VIEW/DOWNLOAD THE SERVICE DELIVERY SCHEDULE.

The listing includes the following services: Transportation (Roads, Streets, etc.), General Services (Trash Pick-Up), Police Services, Senior Services and Parks and Recreation.

At its request, Code Inspection and Zoning Services have been transferred to the City of South Fulton.

Purchasing Reform Initiative Legislation Fails on Second Reading

A proposal to increase the “efficiency” of the Purchasing and Procurement Department by the transfer of final decision-making authority related to the procurement of goods and services from the BOC to staff failed due to the lack of four (4) affirmative votes.

“It is clear that efficiencies are needed in the Purchasing and Procurement operation,” stated Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, District 6.

“It is not as clear that efficiencies cannot be achieved by a modification of internal (operational) processes and procedures, e.g., the development and transmittal of (timely) ‘Department Procurement Plans’ to the Purchasing and Procurement Department in a timely manner,” she stated.

CLICK TO READ/DOWNLOAD THE PURCHASING REFORM PROPOSAL

Authority of County Manager: Purchasing and Contracting may be expanded

A "Purchasing Reform Initiative" is now under review by the Board of Commissioners. "Reforms" to the County's purchasing policies and procedures include an increase in the authority of the County manager to implement certain actions without approval of the BOC including the authority to award contracts up to $100,000, the authority to approve emergency purchases up to $100,000 without subsequent ratification by the BOC, the authority to sign contracts up to $100,000 and the authority to approve renewals when the original contract was approved by the BOC with renewal options.

"It will be important that the recommendation is evidenced-based," Commissioner Emma I. Darnell stated. "Efficiency is a desirable goal, but we must be careful how we define efficiency.

"The trains ran on time at Auschwitz (a Nazi concentration camp)," she stated. "However, six million Jews were killed there. New Orleans government was reasonably 'efficient' in 2005. However, 1,000 residents of a predominantly African-American neighborhood-who had been zoned by the City in a lake-drowned."

The proposal also increases the authority of the Purchasing Agent (Director) to sign purchase orders and award contracts without competition.

Click here to read and download the full Purchasing Reform proposal.


Board of Registration and Elections recommends precinct changes

The Board of Commissioners, at its Recess Meeting on August 16, approved the recommendation of the Board of Registration and Elections (BRE) for precinct changes in South Fulton, Chattahoochee Hills, College Park, Fairburn, and Sandy Springs.

Click here to read and download the BRE Report and recommendations.


South Fulton Truck Traffic: Highways/Streets listed in National Study on Noise Pollution and Segregated Neighborhoods

The following Fulton County streets and highways are listed in a national study by the University of California at Berkeley of the high correlation between noise pollution and "segregated" neighborhoods:
• Camp Creek Pkwy.
• Fulton Industrial Blvd./Cascade Palmetto Rd.(same road)
• Campbellton-Redwine Rd.
• Hwy 29 (Roosevelt Hwy.)
• Spur 14 (South Fulton Pkwy.)
• Old National Hwy.
• I-20
• I-85
• Hwy 92 (Spence Rd.)
• Hwy 138 (Jonesboro Rd.)
• Hwy 74 (Virlyn B. Smith Rd.)
• Gullatt Rd.
• Rivertown Rd.
• Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (near Charlie Brown Airport)
• Oakley Industrial Blvd.
• Buffington Rd.

Click here to read and download the University of California at Berkeley Study.

Bonus Compensation Plan to achieve an "Engaged Workforce" presented

A "Bonus Compensation Plan" to achieve "high performance" by selected employees at the department level is under review by the Board of Commissioners upon the recommendation of the County Manager and Kenneth Herman, Human Resources Officer.

Presented to the BOC at its Recess Meeting, August 16, the overall purpose of the Program is to develop an "engaged workforce" according to Herman. Connected with the County's Customer Service target, initially, bonuses would be based upon Department (goals) and (individual) achievements.

If adopted, effective Fiscal Year 2019, bonuses would be paid only on the employee's base salary.

All employees, except Constitutional Officers, elected officials, personal staff of elected officials and fee employees would be eligible after six (6) months service or a work test period.

"The question is whether the evidence supports the assumption that a correlation exists between pay and an 'engaged' employee's performance," stated Commissioner Emma I. Darnell. "Some of the highest-paid employees are among the least engaged. It appears that high performance and 'engagement' correlates most with good management, fairness, transparency, and an opportunity to grow and participate in the decision-making process."

Information Technology (IT) Re-Organization Update

Of 34 new positions, (3) management positions have been filled according to Sallie Wright, Director of IT, in response to inquiries by members of the Board of Commissioners at the August 16 Recess Meeting.

Wright indicated the Department did not have "budget" challenges. She also indicated many employees had completed the (individual) "skills training" project and assessment and evaluation was in progress.

"I am disappointed that we have such a large number of vacancies in the IT Department. I am hopeful that we can make more progress in the important job of providing opportunities for Fulton employees to reach their career and professional goals," Commissioner Emma I. Darnell stated.

"The attrition rate is troublesome. Truly 'engaged' employees will not stay with you indefinitely if they do not believe you mean what you say. I would like to do my part as a policymaker-to help resolve a problem in the IT Department that has demanded the attention of the Board of Commissioners for many years," Darnell stated.

Noise pollution worse in minority neighborhoods; traffic a major culprit metro Atlanta part of national study

A new study from the University of California at Berkeley and recently published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that "noise pollution is worse in minority neighborhoods and segregated cities."
The study also suggests traffic including "highways" is a major culprit.

Maps show "a large swath" of noise pollution around metro Atlanta airports, including Hartsfield-Jackson and Fulton County (Charlie Brown) airports. Affected areas could also be exposed to noise from "airports and highways up to 80 decibels,” the study indicates.
”Studies have also shown “that noise pollution can lead to hearing loss, stress, sleep deprivation and high blood pressure.

“Hot” highways and streets located near predominately minority communities in metro Atlanta included: Camp Creek Pkwy; Fulton Industrial Blvd/Cascade Palmetto; Campbellton-Redwine Rd.; Hwy 29 (Roosevelt Hwy.);Spur 14 (South Fulton Pkwy.); Old National Hwy.;I-20; I-85; Hwy 92 (Spence Rd.); Hwy 138 (Jonesboro Rd.); Hwy. 74(Virlyn B. Smith Rd.); Gullatt Rd.; Rivertown Rd.; Martin Luther King Jr. (near Charlie Brown Airport); Oakley Industrial; Buffington Rd.

In a recent (unscientific) survey of up to 150 District 6 residents titled "Proximity to County Facilities" including senior centers, health centers, arts centers and interstates/highways, the survey disclosed that less than three percent of residents participating in the survey lived within five miles of a county facility. However, 87% lived within five miles of an interstate/highway.

Click here to read and download the University of California at Berkeley Study.

Public Works Releases 2017 Capital Work Plan and Schedule (Roads, Streets, Lights, etc.)

The Transportation Division of the Public Works Department has released the Department’s 2017 Capital Work Plan as of July 30. Data includes Project Name, Status and Funding Source.

“The Transportation Program is an area of highest priority,” Commissioner Emma I. Darnell stated. “Nothing says more about the government’s respect for its citizens than the quality of its roads, streets, lights and bridges.”

Click to view the 2017 Fulton County Capital Work Plan, Transportation Division.

District 6 Summer Youth Intern Completes Project, “Fulton’s Legislative Process”

On August 1, Justin Bohannon successfully completed his Summer Project: “Fulton’s Legislative Process: “From Situation to Legislation (BOC Resolution)”

Justin is a 12th grade student at Riverwood High School and a graduate of Stonewall Tell Elementary School.

“We were pleased to have Justin on the team this summer,” Commissioner Emma I. Darnell stated. “We look forward to participation in the County’s Summer Youth Intern Program next year.”

Friends Groups: County Manager proposes Standard Agreement for Public-Non-profit relationships

Citing "potential" issues such as the use of funds not of direct benefit to the County, the Board of Commissioners (BOC) to receive recommendations regarding a “Standard Agreement” between the County and its Friends Groups. Futon County Friends Groups include groups supporting Arts, Libraries and Senior Center Programs.

Click to view the Relations With Friends Groups Proposal.

Grady Plans Major Expansion: Projected Fulton cost: $58 million

Citing increased demand for services including the need for more patient beds and operating rooms, the Grady System plans a major construction program with a projected counties share (Fulton and DeKalb Counties) of $82.5 million (Fulton share: 70 percent or $57,750,000).

Fulton supports quality indigent care yesterday, today and tomorrow," said Commissioner Emma I. Darnell. "It is disappointing that other counties who benefit from Grady's services do not feel the same way."

Click to view the Grady Hospital (Expansion) Proposal.

Tax Commissioner COSF Contract Approved
Voting Yes: Arrington, Darnell, Eaves, Ellis, Morris Voting No: Hausmann

“There may be two issues,” Commissioner Darnell stated. “Both are related to the simple issue of FAIRNESS.”

1) Should one Fulton employee or elected official be paid $300,000 when 1,000 (employees)—who work 40 hours each week are eligible for food stamps?  2) Two North Fulton cities and the City of Atlanta pay the Tax Commissioner’s fee above his salary. However, if the BOC does not pass the subject legislation, the City of South Fulton cannot?

The answer to both questions is NO. It is not fair.

“I plan to work with State Rep. Roger Bruce and others to change “the fee provision” of state law relating to a Tax Commissioner’s compensation. However, I am sure that because he is a resident and strong supporter of the City of South Fulton, Dr. Ferdinand (Fulton County’s Tax Commissioner) will donate his $40,000 fee to support the City of South Fulton,” Darnell stated.

PUBLIC HEARING: Walton Georgia Woodbury Park LP Rezoning Applications July 10th - Southwest Arts Center 6P.M.

The (Information and Communication) Public Hearing related to the subject rezoning applications was held on Monday, July 10, 2017 at the Southwest Arts Center.

A (second) Public Hearing scheduled for Thursday, July 13, 2017, South Service Center has been CANCELLED. The Applicant, Walton Properties LLC has requested action by the Board of Commissioners on July 19, 2017 to DEFER.

Thank you for your invaluable contribution and continued participation in the decision making process.

TOGETHER, GETTING IT DONE!

Board of Commissioners votes to correct any errors relating to the County’s 2017 Tax Digest and assessment notices: Most residential properties to keep 2016 property assessments

In accordance with State law, and evidence of significant county-wide citizen hardship and concern, the Board of Commissioners, by unanimous vote has reset most residential 2017 assessment notices at 2016 values.

“I am encouraged that the Board of Commissioners has listened,” Commissioner Darnell stated. “It is also important that we have considered the impact of public policy upon people in the exercise of our decision-making responsibility.”

CLICK HERE TO READ: “Resolution of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners to Correct any Errors Relating to Fulton county’s 2017 Tax Digest and Assessment Notices”

Board approves contract between Fulton County and City of South Fulton to provide certain “transition” services

In accordance with law and Board Policies and Procedures, the Board of Commissioners has approved “an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between Fulton County and the City of South Fulton, Georgia” to provide “transition” services no longer than November 2018, including parks and recreation, police services, public works, planning/community services and code inspection.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE RESOLUTION. Resolution to approve an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between Fulton County, Georgia and the City of South Fulton, Georgia.

Danforth Sidewalks Project Easement Purchases Approved

At its June 21, Recess Meeting, the Board of Commissioners approved a Resolution authorizing the acquisition of right-of-way and easements from 34 property owners which are required prior to constructing the Danforth Road Sidewalks Project.

The Project includes the installation of five-foot wide ADA-compliant sidewalks on both sides of the road, curb and gutter and associated storm water structures, a two-foot wide stamped concrete strip, a two-foot wide grass area on the outside of the sidewalk and driveway modifications. Current projections anticipate construction on the Project to begin in mid-July 2018.

“We are encouraged that important steps needed to complete the Danforth Sidewalks Project on time and within budget have been initiated by this procurement,” Commissioner Darnell stated. “Strong community support for this project has made the difference.”

Creel Park Basketball Courts Renovation to Proceed

At its June 21, Recess Meeting, the Board of Commissioners accepted a donation from the Atlanta Hawks Foundation, Inc. in the amount of $47,639 to renovate the basketball courts at Creel Park located in Commission District 6. The renovation work will be completed by CBA Sports, the preferred vendor of the Hawks, who also completed prior basketball courts renovations at Welcome All and Cliftondale Parks. The renovation is expected to be completed in late July 2017.

“The renovation and upgrade of Creel Park’s basketball courts marks the completion of one of the major projects developed with the community to restore and upgrade a highly valued county park,” Commissioner Darnell stated. “The completion and upgrade of Creel Park’s tennis courts in 2016 also represented the achievement of another important community objective.”

Board of Commissioners renews Contract for South Fulton Road Resurfacing

The Board of Commissioners has approved the renewal of a contract to provide resurfacing of roads located in Unincorporated Fulton County and the City of South Fulton in the amount of $4.5 million.

Walton Property Rezoning Applications to be decided July 19

On a motion by District 6 Commissioner Emma I. Darnell and seconded by Commissioner Lee Morris, rezoning applications by Lemuel H. Ward, representing Walton, Ga. Woodbury Park, L.P. and providing for office, residential, and warehouse uses was HELD for review and decision at the July 19 meeting of the Board of Commissioners.

“The applicant and the community requested that these important matters be HELD,” Commissioner Darnell stated. “I am hopeful that together, by July 19, the Board of Commissioners will be able to make a decision in the best interest of Fulton County and especially the residents of District 6.”

BOC launches Juvenile Crime Prevention Program

On a motion by Chairman John Eaves, seconded by Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, the Board of Commissioners approved a Resolution approving the development of Request for Proposals (RFP) for the "Youth Crime (Prevention) Initiative Program Design" in the amount of $500,000. Voting Yes: Arrington, Darnell, Eaves, Morris. Voting No: Hausmann. Not Voting: Ellis.

Evidenced based and in response to data setting out "a snapshot of youth realities in Fulton County" in addition to citizen demand, within  District 6 and throughout the County, the project will involve a focus upon three distinct (but interrelated) outcome-based categories: Prevention, Intervention, Rehabilitation.

The project also involves expanding effective programs and the realignment of resources in addition to the completion of a County-wide inventory and assessment of youth targeted programing.

CLICK TO READ / DOWNLOAD the Juvenile Justice Initiative study, including the "Top 10 Indicators" of "Risk Factors & Areas of Need" OR go to: emmadarnell.com, click HOME, then DOCUMENTS tab.

GENERAL FUND (COUNTY-WIDE) NEWS

2017 Assessment Notices Mailed

The Board of Assessors mailed Property Tax assessment notices for all residential and commercial properties on May 19, 2017. The 45-day appeal period ends on July 5, 2017.

The median change across Fulton County is approximately 13 percent. In most cases, according to the BOTA, the increases will be offset by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). This computation limits the increase in property assessments to three percent per year of the CPI whichever is lower. This offset only applies to the Fulton County and Sandy Springs portion of the taxes.

CLICK TO READ/DOWNLOAD the Fulton County largest residential value changes (by NBHD) or visit: emmadarnell.com, click HOME, then DOCUMENTS tab.

CITY OF SOUTH FULTON (COSF) NEWS

Transition Committee BOC Briefing May 17 (Partial)

COSF  sends County Schedule for End of Transition Services

COSF officials have notified the County that transition services will end and city services begin as follows:
*Planning and Community Development, June 1
*Code Enforcement, July 1
*Police Services, September 1

Contractual Services Budget (COSF) for June Adopted

The County Manager recommended and the BOC approved the beginning of the funding process for the 2017 Contractual Services Budget (COSF) with an initial amount of $5,205,677.

The $5,205,677 request will allow the County to continue to provide the following services to COSF citizens during the month of June while the final IGA (Contract for Services between the County and COSF) now in progress—-is finalized: Planning and Community Services, Finance, Personnel, Information Technology, DREAM, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Police, Fire, Non-Agency.

FIB Legislation Vetoed by Governor

The County Transition Committee confirmed that legislation providing for the incorporation of the FIB (FIB) area into the new COSF was vetoed by Governor Nathan Deal.

District 6 Salutes High School Basketball Champions:
Benjamin Mays, South Atlanta, Langston Hughes earn top state honors

On April 12, the Board of Commissioners recognized “Outstanding Achievement” by three High School Basketball Teams who are 2017 State Champions in their Division:  the Men’s teams at Langston Hughes High School (Panthers) and South Atlanta High School (Hornets) and the Women’s team at Benjamin Mays High School (Lady Raiders). Proclamations were presented to each team and their coaches citing Wednesday, April 12 as Appreciation Day in each team’s name.

“These young people are not only champions on the court, they are champions off the court also,” stated Commissioner Darnell. “They represent our community’s very best. They GET IT DONE on the court and in the classroom and we are truly proud of them.”

(CLICK HERE TO READ PROCLAMATIONS)

New sidewalks dedicated at Fairburn/Utoy Springs Roads; Boosts safety for children, pedestrians

With the assistance and participation of District 6 children, community leaders and staff, on Friday, March 31, Commissioner Emma I. Darnell marked the completion of the Fairburn Road Upgrade Phase I Sidewalks Improvement Project.

“It was a long time coming—but it is here now!,” Commissioner Darnell stated. “Thanks to a determined community, a committed staff and partners—working TOGETHER WE GOT IT DONE—for the Children.”

The Project extends a distance of a half mile along Fairburn Road from Village Drive to approximately 330 feet south of Cascade Road. Utoy Springs Road was improved from the intersection at Fairburn Road to the northeast. Additionally, another .68 miles along Utoy Springs Road and Research Center Drive was resurfaced up to Cascade Road. The enhancements improved the existing skewed Fairburn/Utoy Springs intersection.

County breaks ground for Old National Hwy. Sidewalks

Dozens of neighbors, friends, project staff, State and City of College Park elected officials, joined Commissioner Emma I. Darnell at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for new sidewalk improvements on Old National Highway, Wednesday, March 22.

Developed by the Transportation Division, Department of Public Works, Antonio Valenzuela, Deputy Director of Transportation, the project includes 5 to 6 feet of sidewalks on both sides of Old National Highway, from just north of Flat Shoals Road to Sullivan Road. It will connect pedestrians to three planned activity centers, schools, parks and homes. The project includes installation of curbs and gutters (where needed), drainage structures and pipes, concrete sidewalks, signing and marking, mast arms, landscaping and all associated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements.

"This is another example of what can be done when we work together--County, State and City," Commissioner Darnell said. "Marvin Gaye said it first: 'If there ever was a time we needed each other--if there ever was a time we needed to come together--that time is NOW.'"

CLICK HERE TO WATCH DARNELL'S REMARKS

Program participants in the Groundbreaking Ceremony included Todd Long, Chief Operating Officer (COO); Dana Lemon, Board Member, Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT); Mayor Jack Longino, College Park; Tracy Wyatt, Councilmember, College Park; Dionne Christopher, President, Old National Merchants Association and Ken Terry, Asst. Pastor of World Changers, who delivered the Invocation.

The project budget totaled approximately $4.3 million. The Georgia Department of Transportation provided $3.2 million. The City of College Park and Fulton County collaborated to provide a total of $1.1 million.

Construction is expected to be completed by April 2018.

$4 million Contract Award Approved; Funds Expected

In a “same day” amendment to the Feb. 15 Recess Meeting Agenda, the Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved an award to Plateau Excavation, Inc. (Austell, Ga.), in the amount of $4,250,652.27 to provide miscellaneous site work, North Terminal, Brown Field, Fulton County Airport.

The award is “pending the receipt of federal funds.”

On a motion by Commissioner Morris, seconded by Ellis to approve:

VOTING YES: Eaves, Hausmann, Ellis, Morris
VOTING NO: Darnell
NOT VOTING: Arrington

Qualifications for Membership on Board of Tax Assessors Reduced: Member can have Tax Lien on Property he owns

In a “same day” amendment to the Feb. 15 Recess Meeting Agenda, a law prohibiting persons who have had a tax lien issued against him or her from serving as a member of the Board of Tax Assessors was changed.

The BOC voted to restrict the tax lien prohibition to “outstanding” or current liens against property the member owns. Further, to the extent a current member of the Board has an outstanding lien issued against him, the member has 30 days (after the BOC’s action) “to present satisfactory evidence that all outstanding tax liens of record have been resolved.”

On a motion by Commissioner Ellis, seconded by Morris to approve:

VOTING YES AS MODIFIED: Eaves, Hausmann, Ellis, Morris, Garner, Darnell
VOTING NO: Arrington

As a result of the Board’s action, a current member of the Board of Tax Assessors is no longer required to resign his position. He now has 30 days to satisfy or cancel a current lien against property he owns.

Bethlehem Senior Center Lease Agreement Approved

A lease agreement to provide replacement space for the Bethlehem Senior Center, 215 Lakewood Way, S.E., Atlanta, Ga., was approved. To begin immediately upon completion of all planned construction through Dec. 31, 2017 with three (3) consecutive one-year automatic renewal options.

New Hope Road Right-of-Way Acquisition Approved

Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, District 6 encouraged residents to share their thoughts, ideas and concerns at the Mighty 6 Town Hall Meeting held Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the South Fulton Service Center on Stonewall Tell Road.

Darnell Hosts Mighty 6 Town Hall Meeting:
South Fulton residents come out to share their concerns, filling South Fulton Service Center

Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, District 6 encouraged residents to share their thoughts, ideas and concerns at the Mighty 6 Town Hall Meeting held Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the South Fulton Service Center on Stonewall Tell Road.

Residents packed the meeting room to listen to the County’s Department Heads share reports and discuss a wide range of issues important to the community. During public comments expressed concerns about a myriad of issues including crime and safety, truck traffic on neighborhood roads, animal control services, and ambulance service emergency response times.

Commissioner Darnell said, “We are confident that by listening to residents - together we will be able to come up with the kinds of action and solutions necessary to help make our communities stronger and viable.”

BOC adopts final FY2017 Budgets, enhances Senior, Youth Programs

On Wednesday, Jan. 18, the Board of Commissioners adopted final budgets for the 2017 Fiscal Year. The FY2017 Final Budget including the General Fund and South Fulton  Special Services District (SSD) Fund were adopted by the unanimous vote. Click her to  view the General Fund and South Fulton Special Services District Fund Budgets.

The South Fulton Special Services District Budget includes expenditures as follows:
1) The “Transition Budget” for a four (4) - month period – January 1 – April 30, 2017.
2) A full year of operations for the Fulton Industrial Boulevard Corridor.

Enhancements to the (County-wide) General Fund Budget presented for consideration and adopted includes the following upgrades:

YOUTH
$500,000 (Department of Housing and Community Development) Community Services Program: To address safety and self-sufficiency issues among the County’s youth

$1 million (Non-Agency): Set aside to support a County-wide Youth Crime Prevention Program. Funding to be allocated to the departments participating in the Program.

SENIOR ADULTS
$500,000 (Department of Aging and Youth Services) Aging Division: To meet multiple operational needs of the Aging Program including Food Insecurity (hunger), Water Therapy, In-Home Services, Home-Delivered Meals, the Adult Day Program and Administrative Support.

South Fulton Library renamed for Gladys S. Dennard

On Wednesday, January 18, the Board of Commissioners formally renamed the new South Fulton Library in honor of former librarian Gladys S. Dennard. In a unanimously adopted Resolution, the library will now be known as the "Gladys S. Dennard Library at South Fulton."

Dennard faithfully served the Library System with distinction for more than 25 years and was the first branch manager of the South Fulton Library. Dennard’s life ended tragically on July 29, 2002, when she was murdered while she was working at branch library.

The BOC action comes after a recommendation by the Board of Trustees of the Library System, which had received a recommendation from an advisory committee on renaming the library.

Commission adopts 2017 Resolution honoring MLK Jr.

On a motion by Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, the BOC, at its Recess Meeting on Wednesday, January 18, adopted a Resolution in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the occasion of his 88th birthday. The legislation, sponsored by Darnell, was co-sponsored by every member of the Commission. According to the Resolution, "Dr. King was a voice to those long silenced; demonstrated courage for those who were afraid; and chose to stand up for those who could not at great personal peril ... "

In adopting the Resolution, the Board of Commissioners joined in the national observance of Dr. King's 88th birthday and directed the Clerk to the Commission to spread this Resolution upon the official minutes and record of the Board of
Commissioners.

Darnell takes Oath of Office as member of Fulton County Board of Commissioners, Jan. 4, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2020

Administered by the Honorable Gail Tusan, Chief Judge, Fulton  County Superior Court, on Wednesday, Jan. 4, Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, took the Oath of Office as a member of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, District 6.

"God's grace," she stated. "I made it this far by the grace of God ...To the people of District 6, I am honored to have received your vote and support. Together, over the past two years, WE GOT IT DONE!"

"We have taken one small step to ensure that all people: old and young, rich and poor, Black, White, Asian, Native American people, Morehouse and 'Nohouse' live together in peace and that our children and our grandchildren die on time, and not before time," Darnell stated.

"My mother always said, 'if you start something, finish it!' Together, we have started something in District 6, and TOGETHER, by God's grace, we will finish it!"

Darnell represents Commission District 6, affectionately known as "The Mighty6" which includes portions of unincorporated South Fulton County and portions of the cities of Atlanta, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Palmetto, Union City and Chattahoochee Hills. Beginning May 1, 2017, District 6 will include portions of a newly-incorporated city approved by the voters in the 2016 General Election held on November 8, 2016.

Before entering elective office, Darnell was a trailblazer in the field of Public Administration. She was the first female department head at the City of Atlanta; one of the architects of Atlanta's "Minority Participation Plan" for the expansion of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. She was featured in Henry Hampton's prize-winning documentary, "Eyes on the Prize."

Commissioner Darnell earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree at Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn., a Master of Arts Degree at Teachers College, Columbia University; and a Juris Doctor degree from the Howard University School of Law. She was awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa by the Board of Trustees, Phillips CME School of Theology, Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC).

Darnell was returned to the Board of Commissioners by nearly 70 percent of the vote in the 2016 Democratic Primary Election.

Click here to watch Commissioner Darnell's 8th Inaugural Address.

Renovated Tennis Courts open at Creel Park

On Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m., a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Celebration for the newly renovated Creel Park Tennis Courts was held at Creel Park, 2775 Creel Road, College Park.

The resurfacing and restoration comes after significant deterioration of playing surfaces. In October, the Board of Commissioners authorized $118,800 to repair four tennis courts determined as hazardous upon inspection by County staff in coordination with Court Makers, a national organization specializing in the evaluation and repair of tennis courts.

Citizens and staff crowded the tennis courts for the spectacular event. For more information on Parks and Recreation programs  call (404) 613-0028.

BOC approves new LED Street Lights for Unincorporated Fulton County

The Board of Commissioners approved a Resolution to execute an Agreement between Fulton County and Georgia Power to authorize the conversion of   existing high pressure sodium street lights to light emitting diode (LED) street lighting throughout unincorporated Fulton County.

LED roadway lights provide the following benefits:
1. Safety—LED lights provide a broad spectrum of white light, meaning human eyes can better see street signs and other roadway hazards

2. Quality—LED light is directed to stay more on roadways where needed and is spread more evenly without hot spots and dark areas

3. Efficiency—LEDs use less energy to produce the same amount of lighting output and deliver a significantly longer lifespan.

“This is what District 6 residents have asked for,” Commissioner Darnell stated. “Performance they can see.”

Commission adopts Federal Legislative Priorities

At its Regular Meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 7, the Board   of Commissioners adopted the County’s FY2017 Federal Legislative Priorities Program as follows:
•    Expand Behavioral Health Support
•    HIV/AIDS Policy Enhancements (For Greater Flexibility)
•    Repeal Medicaid Exception For Inmates
•    Support Economic Development Tax Credits
•    Increase Support For Affordable Housing
•    Protect Regional and State Water Resources

Board honors Art Calendar Winners

calendar_winners_2016_sonalis-maryamCongratulations to District 6 students honored in the Annual Water Resources Division Art Calendar Contest: Sonalis Muhammad (above left), Blackstone Academy, Grade 10, September Monthly Winner; Ellie McWilliams, Landmark Christian, Grade 7, December Monthly Winner; and Maryam Muhammad (above right), Blackstone Academy, Grade 11, Honorable Mention. The contest is an annual project sponsored by the Water Resources Division, Department of Public Works, to promote water quality and water conservation uses and practices

Board Awards Contract for Old National Highway Sidewalks/Streetscape Construction Project

The Board of Commissioners approved a Public Works Department Request to accept the lowest responsible bidder for the (Old National Highway) Sidewalks Improvements Project in the amount of $4,333,228.39 with SD&C, Inc., of Decatur, Ga. Of that amount, $3,206,750 will be paid for through federal funds to provide streetscape and sidewalk improvements along both sides of Old National Highway between Flat Shoals Road and Sullivan Road upon issuance of a "Notice to Proceed" for 273 available days.

The scope of the project consists of improvements and additions to sidewalks on both sides of the road for the entire length of the corridor. The area behind the sidewalks will be landscaped.

The new improvements will comply with current ADA guidelines and enhance pedestrian safety by providing a consistent pedestrian facility which improves pedestrian connectivity to shopping to nearby neighborhoods. The network of sidewalks accommodates pedestrians by providing transportation alternatives to ease congestion and by providing for better accessibility to MARTA stops

Proposed FY 2017 Budget Presented

At its Recess Meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16, the Board of Commissioners received the "Proposed" FY2017 Budget for both the General Fund and the Unincorporated South Fulton Tax District (SSD) Fund. "Community Engagement Hearings" have been scheduled for the period Nov. 17 thru Dec. 20. The "Legally Required Public Hearing" will be held Dec. 21, during the Board of Commissioners Recess Meeting at Assembly Hall, 141 Pryor Street N.W., Atlanta, GA 30303.

The District 6 Special Town Hall Meeting on the FY2017 Proposed Budget(s) will be held Thursday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m., at the Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center, 3952 Aviation Cir N.W., Atlanta, GA, 30336.

CLICK HERE to watch Commissioner Darnell's remarks on the Proposed FY2017 Budget or go to www.emmadarnell.com, click MEDIA tab, then VIDEO ROOM tab.

CLICK HERE to read, print or download the Proposed FY2017 Budget book or go to www.emmadarnell.com, click HOME, then DOCUMENTS tab.

BOC adopts 2017 Legislative Priorities: Additional County Objections to Annexation Petitions proposed

The Board of Commissioners has approved the "2017 Legislative Priorities" to be presented to the 2017 Session of the Georgia General Assembly for adoption.

The priorities listed for consideration and support include changes to the Georgia annexation law that will broaden opportunities for objection by counties to annexation petitions by cities that go beyond land use to include issues such as impact on schools and public safety services. The provision also includes changes in the petition-verification process (to include the County review procedures.)

Another provision, the "Nuisance Law," seeks to strengthen the Georgia Nuisance Law by closing the legal loophole that allows cited owners in code-inspection cases to transfer property to a new owner during the legal-infraction period in order to avert enforcement.

CLICK HERE to read, print or download the Fulton County 2017 Legislative Priorities book or go to www.emmadarnell.com, click HOME, then DOCUMENTS tab.

Mighty6 3rd Quarter Town Halls a Huge Success

District 6 Commissioner Emma I. Darnell is thanking County staff and all of the residents of the Mighty Six who came out for our series of 3rd Quarter Town Hall Meetings. The most recent meeting was Oct. 24, at the Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center.

Residents also came to the County’s South Fulton Service Center for the Town Hall held earlier on Oct. 3. Citizens told the commissioner and key department managers what must be done together to keep “getting it done” in their communities.

“As you have heard me say many times, e-mail is good, but person-to-person is better,” said Commissioner Darnell.

Crime suppression; code inspection; and pedestrian lights, roads, sidewalks were hot topics at both Town Hall Meetings.  Project updates related to these and other County services were presented by Department managers and staff.

“Fellowship time after adjournment with residents and staff might have been the part of it all—because TOGETHER is how we’re getting it done,” Darnell stated.

South Fulton Ambulance Service Declines; BOC Seeks Solutions

The quality of ambulance services provided by Rural Metro Ambulance Services within Unincorporated Fulton County and the cities of South Fulton continues to decline according to staff. Although the “Georgia EMS Region III Councambulances_rural-metroil” has the legal authority to both assign providers and develop performance standards, South Fulton Fire Chiefs have reported that “too frequently fire dispatch reports ‘Level Zero’ with calls holding meaning no ambulance is available regardless of the patient’s triage status… (Further), the provider does not always immediately request back-up ambulances from other transport providers.”

“This situation is not acceptable,” Commissioner Emma I. Darnell stated. “By working together with South Fulton cities and the Georgia EMS Region III Council, we will GET IT DONE!  It is a matter of life and death,” she stated.

Personnel Policies and Procedures Adopted: Managers Given “More Flexibility”

The Board of Commissioners has adopted certain “Policy Statements” designed to provide “greater flexibility for managers to manage” according to staff.

Policies include:
1) The removal of the prohibition against relatives being employed in the same department
2) The elimination of the Veteran’s Preference Policy
3) Allows the County to offer a bonus to retain certain “critical staff” within the discretion of the manager
4) Provides for the re-organization of a department creating demotions, re-classifications and transfer of positions without the prior review and approval of the Board of Commissioners
VOTING YES: Eaves, Ellis, Garner, Hausmann, Morris
VOTING NO: Darnell
ABSENT: Arrington

Fulton County Retains #1 Rank in Population: Economic Trends Slow but Progressive

Fulton County maintains its ranking as the most populous county within the state with more than one million residents according to the Environmental Scan developed by staff in a “Performance Management Report” presented to the Board of Commissioners by the Departments of Aging and Youth and Housing and Community Development.  (Part one of the “Self-Sufficiency Priority Area.”)

In a section on “Population and Economy,” external data indicates that “residential building permits are on the rise after bottoming out in 2010 … the County’s economic trends are slow but progressive.” Data developed from state and federal sources also indicated that in the area of Public Health, death rates from cardiovascular disease and pregnancy rates are “on the decline across the board.”

The Environmental Scan used by staff in the development and implementation of a “5-Year Strategic Plan” also includes key demographic and economic data by district in the areas of population, housing units and income distribution. Click here to view the Fulton County Environmental Scan Report, October 19, 2016.

Part Two of the “Self-Sufficiency Priority Area” will include a review of “Emerging Issues” which relate to the attainment of departmental goals and objectives including a report by the Brookings Institution indicating the City of Atlanta, Fulton’s largest city, ranks third in the nation in terms of income inequality. In addition, a finding by the Annie B. Casey Foundation states “while Atlanta has much to celebrate, its proud history and thriving economy masks deep and enduring challenges that make it one of the most difficult places in the nation for children and low-income families to climb out of poverty.”

Part Two of the Report will be presented to the Board of Commissioners at its next meeting to be held on Nov. 2, 2016

“Power of One”  Early Voting Opening Day

With the clock ticking and Election Day less than 20 days away, voters in Fulton County are taking full advantage of Early Voting.

At the Board of Commissioners Meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 19, the Registration and Elections Director Richard Barron reported early and advanced voting at an all-time high.
During the first three days of voting nearly 40,000 people have voted County-wide in Fulton.

On the first day of voting, Monday, Oct. 17, Fulton County District 6 location Adamsville Recreation Center had the highest turnout with 1,025 people voting. (SEE CHART)

3-Day Turnout/Polls Serving District 6 Voters:
--ADAMSVILLE RECREATION CENTER: 2,783
--ADAMSVILLE COLLIER HTS. LIBRARY: 811
--COLLEGE PARK LIBRARY: 894
--EAST POINT LIBRARY: 1,993
--FAIRBURN LIBRARY: 1,649
--SOUTHWEST ARTS CENTER: 1,344
--SOUTH FULTON SERVICE CENTER: 2,559

Hundreds turn out for Grand Re-Opening of New South Fulton Library

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What a celebration! What a fellowship! What a Library!

It seems EVERYBODY was there to share in the re-opening of the New South Fulton Library! From Alpharetta to Palmetto. From Union City to College Park. From Flat Shoals Road to Cascade Road!

And at the center of it all—the Children. In a real sense, the $225 million Library Bond Program directed by the voters at the height of the Great Recession was about them.  The voters understood that with books, children will receive more than information. They also receive inspiration—because the Library, this Library, is not only a place to dream. It is also a place to learn how to make one’s dreams come true!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW/READ Commissioner Emma Darnell's PHOTO ESSAY on the New South Fulton Library Grand Re-Opening.

Hartsfield-Jackson Airport holds job fair Oct. 19

If you’re ready for your career to soar at the world’s most traveled and airport, please register at http://atljobfair.eventbrite.com.

The fair is Wednesday, Oct, 19, 2016, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.at the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park, GA 30337 (off Camp Creek Parkway).

500+ jobs from more than 40 employers On-site parking is $5 and space is limited. Please consider taking MARTA and connect to the free Hartsfield-Jackson SkyTrain to the GICC.

Hawks, County unveil renovated B-ball court

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Parents, kids, Fulton County employees and Atlanta Hawks players packed the Cliftondale Basketball Court on Saturday, August 20, 2016 along with County and State elected officials to share in the celebration of the renovation of the basketball court.

The project is one of several community-focused court dedications completed in partnership with the Atlanta Hawks and Fulton County Parks and Recreation. During the event District 6 Commissioner Emma I. Darnell thanked the Hawks for their commitment to community and gave the kids a special message.

“We love you, we believe in you and we expect great things from you,” said Commissioner Darnell.  She urged the children to remember while having fun on the court they have support in reaching their dreams through partnerships like this one.

During the event, Atlanta Hawks Forward Thabo Sefolosha addressed the kids and encouraged them to be leaders and to listen to their parents, drawing a lot of laughter from parents attending the event.

Once the ribbon cutting was over, the Westlake High School Marching Band kicked off the day’s festivities with several musical selections.  Kids attending the ribbon cutting participated in interactive games with the Hawks Fan Experience team. They also decorated basketballs with youth artists from the Fulton County Arts and Culture program as well as watched the dancers from the South Fulton Arts Center’s 2016 Summer Teen Art Intensives.

Last year the NBA franchise, through its Atlanta Hawks Foundation, renovated court facilities at Fulton County’s Welcome All Park and will be renovating one additional Fulton County park in the near future.  With seven total court renovations completed since 2015, the Hawks have pledged to refurbish a total of 25 courts in five years.

Fire Rescue Dept. dedicates new engines, honors former chiefs

IMG_4162On Aug. 9, Commissioner Darnell joined with leaders of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department and members of the public to dedicate three new fire engines. The ceremony, held at the Public Safety Memorial at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater, honored former fire chiefs who were pioneers in the department. The three (3) Spartan fire engines were dedicated to the memory of Chief James I. Gibson, Chief Ronald T. Strong and Chief Ralph Waldo Emerson. The engines carry memorial plaques with their names permanently mounted on each engine.
PICTURED: Chief Larry Few talks with family members of the late Chief James Gibson in front of the fire engine named in his honor.

BOC adopts SSD 2016 Millage Rate at August 17 meeting; proposed property tax increase averted

By the adoption of an 11.579 millage rate (the current rate) instead of the statutorily calculated rollback rate of 12.009 (an increase of 3.58 percent from the 2015 millage rate), the Board of Commissioners has cancelled a potential tax increase for residents of Unincorporated Fulton County whose property values may have increased in the past year.

“This is great,” said District 6 Commissioner Emma I. Darnell. “Although minor adjustments in the FY2016 SSD Budget may be indicated, as long as we have such a large number of middle-income residents and residents on fixed incomes, tax increases of any amount in the SSD should be considered very carefully.”

“Unfortunately, in my opinion, a consideration of impact upon people did not carry over to the setting of the millage rate for the General Fund,” Darnell stated. By cutting the FY2016 General Fund rollback rate of 10.550 to 10.45, vital services in the areas of public health, mental health, senior services, human services, arts and library support have been placed at risk,” she stated.

Overall, the South Fulton Tax Digest decreased by $8.1 million. However, new growth in the SSD in the amount of $81.9 million reduced the net decrease in value of existing properties by $107.6 million.

Budgeted at a collection rate of 94 percent, the SSD collection rate is projected at 91 percent due to the delay in the completion of the Tax Digest. The SSD budgeted amount reflects adjustments for impact of annexations still under review according to County finance officials.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE SOUTH FULTON SPECIAL SERVICES DISTRICT FUND: Budgeted at 94% collection rate, projected at 91% collection rate.

To receive a copy of the Report via U.S. mail, please contact Commissioner Darnell’s office at (404) 612-8222 or via email: emma.darnell@fultoncountyga.gov.

Auburn Ave. Research Library reopens after $20m renovation

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On Aug. 4, Fulton County residents and leaders gathered together to rededicate and reopen the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History. The branch, located downtown, is one of only a small handful of such libraries dedicated exclusively to African-American literature, cultural and historical documents.

The structure underwent two years of renovations with an investment by taxpayers of $20 million. Fulton County District 6 Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, (PICTURED BELOW), a former member of the Library Board of Trustees delivered remarks to the crowd of residents, city and county officials.

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"We are honored to have an opportunity to join with you today as we not retreat into the past, but honor the past by our combined efforts to ensure that all the children of this County live in freedom and die on time, and not before time," Darnell stated.

CLICK  TO WATCH COMMISSIONER DARNELL DELIVER REMARKS.

The archival collection at Auburn has its roots in the first library branch open to Black people in Atlanta. In the 1930s, librarians began organizing what was called "(the non-circulating) Negro History Collection" which grew eventually into a research library.

Senior Centers Available as Cooling Centers

Fulton County's Aging and Youth Services Department, Senior Multipurpose Facilities are open to serve as Cooling Centers for seniors in need of a cooler environment. The facilities are available to ensure the health and safety of seniors during extreme heat.

The four Senior Multipurpose Facilities are available from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to seniors living in Fulton County. Aging and Youth Service staff members urge seniors without air conditioning to visit one of the four Senior Multipurpose Facilities.

Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Facility
6500 Vernon Woods Dr.
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
404-613-4900 (Office)

H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility
2885 Church Street
East Point, GA 30344
404-762-4821 (Office)

Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility
677 Fairburn Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30331
404-613-8580 (Office)

Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility
515 John Wesley Dobbs
Atlanta, GA 30312
404-523-3353 (Office)

Use Caution in Extreme Heat

The Atlanta Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA) offers the following tips to help County residents to cope with extreme heat:
Stay indoors in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.

Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.

Familiarize yourself with the medical conditions that can result from over-exposure to heat, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke to help lessen health threats and harm.

Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat and take frequent breaks.

Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
Make sure pets have plenty of water and shade. Be careful not to over-exercise them and keep them indoors when it's extremely hot.

Additional Heat Safety Guidelines
Closely monitor a local radio station, TV station or NOAA Weather Radio for the latest information on excessive heat watches and warnings.

Monitor Atlanta-Fulton Emergency Management Agency on Twitter @AFCEMA

Commissioner Darnell Welcomes Dwight Howard Jr. Back to Atlanta, praises return of homegrown basketball star to Fulton County

Dwight-Howard-PeakFulton County District 6 Commissioner Emma I. Darnell welcomes the return of NBA All-Star Dwight Howard, Jr. to his hometown of Atlanta.  The veteran center recently signed a free agent contract to join the Atlanta Hawks beginning with the 2016-2017 season.  Prior to the start of his professional career, Mr. Howard was the national high school player of the year at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy. Mr. Howard was raised in South Fulton County by his parents Dwight Howard, Sr. and Sheryl Howard, who are long-time residents of District 6.

“We are excited and thrilled that Dwight Howard, Jr. is coming home,” Commissioner Darnell stated. “Some of us may have missed one or two Hawks games in the past; however, we won’t miss too many in the future!”

The perennial NBA All-Star has been a civic asset on both the court and in the communities in which he has performed.  Considered one of the most dominant big men in the game, Howard has led the NBA multiple times in both rebounds and blocks in addition to being the all-time leading scorer for the Orlando Magic.  A 2008 Olympic gold medalist, Mr. Howard was the winner of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest that same year and a 3-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

Off the court, Mr. Howard has made himself an integral part of the communities of Orlando, Los Angeles, Houston and here in Atlanta.  He was once named one of the 10 finalists for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, given to athletes for their work in the community.  He has been active in each of the cities in which he played in efforts to combat poverty, violence and bullying as well as acting as an advocate of literacy programs.

For more information, visit Fulton County’s website at www.fultoncountyga.gov or connect with Fulton County government on Twitter at @FultonInfo or Facebook at @fultoninfo.

Commissioner Darnell Keeps the Focus on Improving the Quality of Life in South Fulton

Commissioner Darnell welcomed District 6 residents to the June 20, Town Hall meeting focusing on Challenges and Opportunities.

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In a two-hour Q&A session, service delivery concerns expressed by residents included solid waste, senior transportation and pedestrian sidewalks. Residents also expressed deep concerns related to the condition of tennis centers and courts including Creel Park and Burdett Park, zoning and land-use patterns in neighborhoods adjacent to Old National Highway noting a concentration of starter homes in the area. Department representatives presenting Special Reports included Gary Stiles, Chief of Police, Police Athletic League, Crime Prevention and Crime Suppression Strategies.

“We appreciate the large number of residents who came out tonight to help us meet our legal and moral responsibilities to all the taxpayers of District 6,” Commissioner Darnell stated. “Together,” she stated, “we will get it done!”

For more information, contact the District 6 office at (404) 612-8222.

West Road Homeowners Share a Mighty Moment

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ABOVE: Commissioner Darnell shares with residents of the West Road Homeowners Association during their meeting June 6, at Fire Station No. 5 on Bethsaida Road.

Pray For Peace Rally

On June 5, Commissioner Darnell joined with members of the South Fulton Arrow Youth Council, in partnership with the WNBA Atlanta Dream for a “Pray For Peace Rally.”

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Schools, communities and youth organizations in the Atlanta metro area gathered at Phillips Arena to 'run with the Dream for a peaceful summer!'

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ABOVE: Members of the South Fulton Arrow Youth Council share a Mighty Moment with Theresa Wenzel, president of the Atlanta DREAM WNBA team.

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

South Fulton Arts Center Teen Summer Dance & Visual Arts Intensive Registration
4645 Butner Road,
College Park, GA 30349
Program Dates: July 6-July 31  8:30am - 6:00pm
13 yrs. - 18 yrs. $50
Free before-care 8:30am-9:00am; Free after-care 3:00pm-6:00pm
Register for South Fulton Arts Center summer day programming for teens 13 to 18 years of age. Participants will receive concentrated instruction and training in the discipline of their choice from professional artists through lecture and classes. The Dance Intensive will train participants in dance techniques; Ballet, Modern, African Contemporary and Hip Hop. Space is limited. Register online at www.fultonarts.org

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Fulton County Honors Westlake High School
Boys Basketball Team as State Champions

On Wednesday, March 16, the Westlake Boys Basketball Team, Class 6-A State Champion was honored by the Board of Commissioners with a Proclamation for "achievement of the highest standards of excellence in the areas of athletics, hard work, self-discipline and self-respect."

The Proclamation, sponsored by Commissioners Emma I. Darnell and Marvin Arrington, Jr., honored the team for its historic win at the 6-A Championship Game in Macon, Ga.

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ABOVE: Coach Darron Rogers accepts the Proclamation from Commissioner Darnell as the team, coaches, school officials and BOC members pose for a "championship" photo.

"You are state champions in basketball," Darnell told the team. "But to the 100,000 people in the community where you live; you were champions to us from the day you were born-and you will be champions to us forever."

Prior to the formal presentation, Coach Darron Rogers, the team, staff, parents and friends of Westlake were celebrated at a reception hosted by District 6 Commissioner Darnell who represents the Westlake High School community.

Other special guests included State Representative Sharon Beasley-Teague, Fulton County School Board Member Linda Bryant and Westlake High School Principal, Dr. Alexandra Bates.

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Task Force on Children & Youth holds Job Fair

Commissioner Darnell's Taskforce on Children and Youth is partnering with My Brother's Keeper Fulton County (MBKFC) to provide employment opportunities for young adult's ages 18-21. Final Round of the Pre-employment & Application Completion Session this Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the South Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Rd., College Park, GA  from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The work site is Turner Field's Social Enterprise stands during the 2016 Atlanta Braves season. REGISTER FOR THE TRAINING BY CLICKING THIS LINK.  Only registered persons will be permitted to participate.

Task Force on Children & Youth Adopts Jobs/Training as top priority for Juvenile-Crime Reduction

On Thursday, March 3, 2016, more than 100 residents and citizens packed a capacity–filled room for the organizational meeting of the District 6 Task Force on Children and Youth (TFCY) at the South Fulton Service Center on Stonewall Tell Rd.

The TFCY, created by Commissioner Emma I. Darnell is a unified effort to bring together youth, parents, business, faith-community and civic leaders to address issues of concern regarding children and youth.

The Task Force agreed to adopt key elements of the County’s new “Cradle to Career” Program and critical areas specifically targeted as priorities, including partnerships with local businesses for jobs and job training, after-school mentoring expansion to include mental health and increasing family involvement and support.

ABOVE: Commissioner Emma I. Darnell shares a Mighty Moment with members of the South Fulton Arrow Youth Council at the Task Force meeting. FROM LEFT: Terrence Alexander; Orin Jones; Maya Taylor; advisor and founder; Jonathan Hudson; Destinee Jackson; Caleb Hutchins and Commissioner Darnell.

ABOVE: Commissioner Emma I. Darnell shares a Mighty Moment with members of the South Fulton Arrow Youth Council at the Task Force meeting. FROM LEFT: Terrence Alexander; Orin Jones; Maya Taylor; advisor and founder; Jonathan Hudson; Destinee Jackson; Caleb Hutchins and Commissioner Darnell.

“Based upon the findings of a “Survey of Citizens’ Opinion on Reducing Juvenile Delinquency,” other initiatives presented for review and comment included a reduction of in-school suspensions and the need for paid internships with local businesses.

“Most of the children and youth in this community are not dying,” said Darnell. “However, in the words of Marvin Gaye, (there are) ‘too many.’ Too many (children) dying, not on time but before time.”

If you would like to join the Task Force, contact Commissioner Darnell’s Office.

Unincorporated Sth. Fulton to see major road improvements in 2016

According to the Fulton County Department of Public Works/General Services the following infrastructure projects are slated to begin in 2016:

• Design of Old National Highway Sidewalks Phase II (Flat Shoals Road to Jonesboro Road)
• Right of Way Acquisition of Enon Road Sidewalks
• Construction of Old National Highway Sidewalks Phase I (Sullivan Road to Flat Shoals Road)
• Resurfacing of Stone Wall Tell Road
• Resurfacing of Flat Shoals Road
• Danforth Road: Design Notice to Proceed (NTP) issued on November 2015 for Pedestrian Lights
• Fairburn Road, Phase I
• Fairburn Road, Phase II: Change Order for Design Scheduled for February 17,
BOC Meeting. Upon approval, NTP will be issued.
• Enon Road: Design NTP issued March 2015

“In 2015, together, we took the first step toward upgrading District 6 roads and infrastructure,” said Commissioner Emma I. Darnell.

“In 2016, I am pleased to report that we will continue to move forward together to achieve our goals in this area that has such an impact on the health, safety and dignity of Fulton County residents.”

Cam Newton honored by Board of Commissioners

South Fulton’s Cam Newton honored by the BOC, speaks to the media.

South Fulton’s Cam Newton speaks at a post-game news conference.

At its Regular Meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Board of Commissioners honored Carolina Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton by the adoption of a Resolution recognizing Excellence in the Field of Sports and Community Service.

A product of Fulton County’s Welcome All Park Football Program, Newton is a graduate of Westlake High School who led Auburn University to the BCS National Football Championship in 2010. He was awarded the 2010 Heisman Trophy.

Mr. Newton established the Cam Newton Foundation which “supports strategic programs and events in communities throughout Fulton County …”

“ … Fulton County Parks & Recreation and the Foundation are actively continuing their partnership efforts to identify and create new and positive opportunities for children and families in Fulton County.”

The Resolution, sponsored by District 6 Commissioner Emma I. Darnell and District 5 Commissioner Marvin Arrington was adopted unanimously.

Click to read or download the complete Resolution.

January Comprehensive Plan Workshops Completed; First draft of Plan to be released for review April 2016

In January 2016, the Department of Planning and Community Development held three workshops designed to provide citizens with an opportunity to participate in the development of the Comprehensive Plan Update.

The Plan is a blueprint for land-use decisions including business locations, single-family residences, multifamily residences and public facilities. Workshops were held at the Wolf Creek Library, the Aviation Community Cultural Center and at Burdett Park in College Park

“It is very important the final 2035 Comprehensive Plan Update reflect the opinions and visions of residents …” said Shayla Reed, Senior Planner.

“I would like to say thank you to all of those who participated in this important activity,” said Commissioner Darnell. “We look forward to coming together again in April, when the first draft of the Comprehensive Plan Update will be presented to the community for review and comment.”

For more information, please visit the County’s Planning Website or call (404)612-7800.

FY2016 South Fulton Budget includes additional Public Safety, Public Works and Parks funding

On Wednesday, Jan. 20, the Board of Commissioners adopted the Fiscal Year 2016 Budgets, including the General Fund and South Fulton Special Services District Fund (SSD).

The General Fund Budget is $669 million with a beginning reserve-fund balance of $155 million. The South Fulton SSD Budget is $55 million with a beginning reserve-fund balance of $8 million.

Included in the SSD budget are several enhancements including:

-Police Department: $800,000 to hire nine additional officers; purchase body cameras; and purchase squad-car dash cameras.

-Fire Rescue Department: $800,000 for 13 additional firefighters.

-Parks and Recreation Department: $350,000 to provide security for County parks and recreational facilities; and to provide for improved maintenance of parks in unincorporated South Fulton County.

-Capital Fund (General Fund): $2 million for resurfacing Stonewall Tell Road and Flat Shoals Road. An additional $1 million will be revisited in July during the BOC’s mid-year budget review process.

“Together with the invaluable assistance of management and staff, the January 20 funding has stopped the bleeding in District 6,” said Commissioner Emma I. Darnell. “However, there is much more work to be done.”

Sidewalks and upgrades coming to Fairburn Road/Utoy Springs Road

At its Recess Meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 20, the Board of Commissioners approved the Fairburn Road Upgrade Project. The contract with Kemi Construction Company is for $1,918,372 and calls for several improvements on Fairburn Road and Utoy Springs Road and sidewalks.

The project extends a distance of 0.51 miles along Fairburn Road from Village Drive to approximately 330 feet south of Cascade Road. In addition, 0.17 miles of Utoy Springs Road is to be improved from the intersection with Fairburn Road to the northeast. The total project length is 0.36 miles.

The proposed project consists of the following major elements:

-Additional curb and gutter, a colored stamped concrete strip and turning lanes at the intersection located at Utoy Springs Road.

-New sidewalks with widths between 5 and 10 feet will be added on both sides of the roadway frontage, except at sections where existing sidewalks will be retained.

-The Utoy Springs approach will be relocated further north to line up with the apartment driveway on the west side of Fairburn Road.

-The Utoy Springs Road approach profile will be raised as it approaches to the intersection.

-A new signal installation will be included for the new relocated Fairburn Road/Utoy Springs Road intersection.

“We are encouraged that construction will now begin on Phase I of the Fairburn Road Sidewalks Project,” said Commissioner Emma I. Darnell. “We are also encouraged that Phase II of the project including sidewalks from the Walmart exit on Fairburn Road to Cascade Road is also on the way.”

Fulton County honors Martin Luther King Jr.

BOC adopts Resolution commemorating birthday of civil rights leader

 On Wednesday, Jan. 20, recalling the request by Dr. King that his eulogy avoid references to where he was born or where he went to school, the Board of Commissioners joined in the national observance of the 87th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., by referring to his “legacy as an anti-poverty crusader and a fighter for economic justice on behalf of the poor.

In a Resolution sponsored by District Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, Commissioner Marvin Arrington, Commissioner Joan Garner and Commissioner Lee Morris, the BOC included statements referring to the level of poverty in Fulton County, the State and the nation, especially among senior adults, minorities and children.

The Resolution states, in part as follows:

WHEREAS, the words of Dr. King ring as true today as they did years ago and there is much more work to do to resolve the problem of poverty for people of all races, religions and backgrounds in the United States.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Commissioners of Fulton County, in observance of his 87th birthday, proudly honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who ultimately died for “not being silent about the things that matter.”

CLICK TO READ OR DOWNLOAD ENTIRE RESOLUTION.

Fire Station #15 opens /Traffic light up at Butner Rd./Hwy. 92/Wall lights installed at Cascade Rd/I-285

Fire Station #15 opens for service

ribbon_cutting_fire_no_15Commissioner Emma I. Darnell (District 6), the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, December 18, 2015 to officially open Fire Station #15 at 6720 Cedar Grove Road, Fairburn, GA 30213.

“Every second counts when responding to an alarm, this new station will allow us to provide fire, life safety, and support services to residents and businesses in this Fairburn community’” said Fire Chief Larry Few.

“In addition to providing fire safety, Station #15 will also provide cost-effective municipal services to sustain the quality of life in Unincorporated Fulton County and will increase access to government services in South Fulton,” said Few.

The new facility will be the tenth station to open serving residents in Unincorporated South Fulton. It is located at the intersection of Cedar Grove Road and Rivertown Road. The new station was paid for with funds from the South Fulton Tax District Special Services District (SSD). The 5,000-square-foot facility features 2,000 square feet of living space for a four-person crew and a two bay truck garage. After the ceremony Fire Rescue Staff provided tours of the new station to all in attendance. For more information call (404) 612-5700.

Traffic light up at Butner Rd./Hwy. 92

Hwy92_buttner_traffic_light_IMG_2928_adjWork is complete and the new traffic signal at the intersection of State Highway 92 and Butner Road is fully operational. Fulton County crews worked durinG December, installing the poles and initial cable wiring and the light signal, to be operational by Christmas.

For years, residents had requested the signal light be installed to curb accidents and deaths at what is one of the most dangerous intersections in all of Fulton County.

In addition to the traffic signal, the project also calls for striping the roadways and other improvements along the curbs. Final installation is expected to be done by December 18 and full signal operation and fine tuning is expected to be completed just before Christmas day on Dec. 22.

Residents in several neighborhoods have requested a light on this stretch of roadway for years; noting that the intersection is one of the most dangerous in the County according to records maintained by the Fulton County Police Department.

“I am encouraged that we have been able to meet the needs of the residents who live and commute on this highway,” Commissioner Emma I. Darnell stated.

In October the Board of Commissioners formally approved the submission of a permit application for the fully actuated traffic signal at the intersection, to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

“The people made the case for a traffic light, and we got it done by listening to the people,” said Darnell.

Wall lights installed under Cascade Road/I-285 Overpass

To improve the safety of motorists and pedestrians, wall lights were recently installed under the overpass at Cascade Road and I-285. Residents have been clamoring for improvements to safety at this intersection. See photo below.

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Early Voting is underway in Fulton County!

Feb. 8 - Feb. 19, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Feb. 22 to Feb. 26, 2016
7a.m. to 7 p.m.

SATURDAY VOTING
Feb. 13 & 20, 2016
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SUNDAY VOTING
Feb. 14 & 21, 2016
Noon to 5 p.m.

WHERE TO VOTE IN COMMISSION DISTRICT 6

Fairburn Library
60 Valley View Drive,
Fairburn, GA 30213

College Park Historical Bldg.
3675 Auditorium Way, College Park, GA 30337

Southwest Art Center
915 New Hope Road, SW, Atlanta, GA 30331

Palmetto Library
9111 Cascade Palmetto Highway, Palmetto, GA 30268

Fulton County Dept. of Registration and Elections
Fulton County Government Center
130 Peachtree Street, Suite 2186, Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 612-7020

Fulton County Dept. of Registration and Elections
South Fulton Service Center
5600 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park, Georgia 30349
(404) 612-3050

Click here for DIRECTIONS and MAPS to voting locations.

Unincorporated Sth. Fulton to see major road improvements in 2016

According to the Fulton County Department of Public Works/General Services the following infrastructure projects are slated to begin in 2016:

•    Design of Old National Highway Sidewalks Phase II (Flat Shoals Road to Jonesboro Road)
•    Right of Way Acquisition of Enon Road Sidewalks
•    Construction of Old National Highway Sidewalks Phase I (Sullivan Road to Flat Shoals Road)
•    Resurfacing of Stone Wall Tell Road
•    Resurfacing of Flat Shoals Road
•    Danforth Road: Design Notice to Proceed (NTP) issued on November 2015 for Pedestrian Lights
•    Fairburn Road, Phase I
•    Fairburn Road, Phase II: Change Order for Design Scheduled for February 17,
BOC Meeting. Upon approval, NTP will be issued.
•    Enon Road: Design NTP issued March 2015

“In 2015, together, we took the first step toward upgrading District 6 roads and infrastructure,” said Commissioner Emma I. Darnell.

“In 2016, I am pleased to report that we will continue to move forward together to achieve our goals in this area that has such an impact on the health, safety and dignity of Fulton County residents.”

Youth Task Force to launch in South Fulton

The Organizing Meeting of the District 6 Task Force on Children and Youth will be held Thursday, March 3, 2016, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Fulton County South Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park, GA 30349.

“The time comes when silence is betrayal.”

“The time has come when we must ACT NOW to protect the health and safety of the children and young adults in this community,” said Commissioner Darnell. “I look forward to hearing from you on February 25.”

Cam Newton honored by Board of Commissioners

South Fulton’s Cam Newton honored by the BOC, speaks to the media.

South Fulton’s Cam Newton speaks at a post-game news conference.

At its Regular Meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Board of Commissioners honored Carolina Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton by the adoption of a Resolution recognizing Excellence in the Field of Sports and Community Service.

A product of Fulton County’s Welcome All Park Football Program, Newton is a graduate of Westlake High School who led Auburn University to the BCS National Football Championship in 2010. He was awarded the 2010 Heisman Trophy.

Mr. Newton established the Cam Newton Foundation which “supports strategic programs and events in communities throughout Fulton County …”

“ … Fulton County Parks & Recreation and the Foundation are actively continuing their partnership efforts to identify and create new and positive opportunities for children and families in Fulton County.”

The Resolution, sponsored by District 6 Commissioner Emma I. Darnell and District 5 Commissioner Marvin Arrington was adopted unanimously.

Click to read or download the complete Resolution.

January Comprehensive Plan Workshops Completed; First draft of Plan to be released for review April 2016

In January 2016, the Department of Planning and Community Development held three workshops designed to provide citizens with an opportunity to participate in the development of the Comprehensive Plan Update.

The Plan is a blueprint for land-use decisions including business locations, single-family residences, multifamily residences and public facilities.
Workshops were held at the Wolf Creek Library, the Aviation Community Cultural Center and at Burdett Park in College Park

“It is very important the final 2035 Comprehensive Plan Update reflect the opinions and visions of residents …” said Shayla Reed, Senior Planner.

“I would like to say thank you to all of those who participated in this important activity,” said Commissioner Darnell. “We look forward to coming together again in April, when the first draft of the Comprehensive Plan Update will be presented to the community for review and comment.”

For more information, please visit the County’s Planning Website or call (404)612-7800.

 

New streetlights coming to Old National Hwy
Georgia Power upgrading strength to LED

The BOC approved a Resolution to allow Georgia Power to upgrade 144 existing streetlights to LED light fixtures on Old National Highway. The cost for the installation of the streetlights will be a monthly lease amount of $5,904.

The Board received information from staff that the area of Old National Highway from the College Park city limits to Highway 138 is dimly lit and the existing street lights are in need of an upgrade. The renovation will increase the illumination of the area and provide safer travel for pedestrians and motorists.

“The citizens have asked about this for some time, and we are pleased that now they will be able to walk in their community under brighter lights which will make their neighborhoods safer,” said Commissioner Emma I. Darnell.

Fire Station #15 opens for service

Commissioner Emma I. Darnell (District 6), the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, December 18, 2015 to officially open Fire Station #15 at 6720 Cedar Grove Road, Fairburn, GA 30213.

“Every second counts when responding to an alarm, this new station will allow us to provide fire, life safety, and support services to residents and businesses in this Fairburn community’” said Fire Chief Larry Few.

“In addition to providing fire safety, Station #15 will also provide cost-effective municipal services to sustain the quality of life in Unincorporated Fulton County and will increase access to government services in South Fulton,” said Few.

The new facility will be the tenth station to open serving residents in Unincorporated South Fulton. It is located at the intersection of Cedar Grove Road and Rivertown Road. The new station was paid for with funds from the South Fulton Tax District Special Services District (SSD). The 5,000-square-foot facility features 2,000 square feet of living space for a four-person crew and a two bay truck garage. After the ceremony Fire Rescue Staff provided tours of the new station to all in attendance. For more information call (404) 612-5700.

Traffic light up at Butner Rd./Hwy. 92

Hwy92_buttner_traffic_light_IMG_2928_adjWork is complete and the new traffic signal at the intersection of State Highway 92 and Butner Road is fully operational. Fulton County crews worked durinG December, installing the poles and initial cable wiring and the light signal, to be operational by Christmas.

For years, residents had requested the signal light be installed to curb accidents and deaths at what is one of the most dangerous intersections in all of Fulton County.

In addition to the traffic signal, the project also calls for striping the roadways and other improvements along the curbs. Final installation is expected to be done by December 18 and full signal operation and fine tuning is expected to be completed just before Christmas day on Dec. 22.

Residents in several neighborhoods have requested a light on this stretch of roadway for years; noting that the intersection is one of the most dangerous in the County according to records maintained by the Fulton County Police Department.

“I am encouraged that we have been able to meet the needs of the residents who live and commute on this highway,” Commissioner Emma I. Darnell stated.

In October the Board of Commissioners formally approved the submission of a permit application for the fully actuated traffic signal at the intersection, to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

“The people made the case for a traffic light, and we got it done by listening to the people,” said Darnell.

Wall lights installed under Cascade Road/I-285 Overpass

After long last, wall lights were recently installed under the overpass at Cascade Road and I-285. The lights provide greater safe travel for motorists and pedestrians. See photo below.

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